U.S. #2281a Imperf Pair
1988 25¢ Honeybee Coil Stamp
Issue Date: September 2, 1988
City: Omaha, NE
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Lithographed and engraved
Perforations: 10 vertically
The honeybee is one of the world's most industrious and important insects. In the U.S. alone, more than 3 million beehives produce over 20 million pounds of honey. These figures are even more astounding when one learns that to produce a mere pound of honey, more than 550 bees have to visit at least 2.5 million flowers! By gathering nectar to manufacture honey and wax, bees also provide a very important service - pollinating crops and fruit trees. More than 3.5 million acres of seed crops depend on pollination, and the hardworking honeybee does 90% of the work!